RLH 69

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October 2020

Northfleet, Kent

Still in dry storage awaiting its turn to go back on the road

Photo © E. Pring

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June 2013

Northfleet, Kent

In store, next to RLH 71

Photo © K. Valla

April 2012; With the London Bus Company in the UK, along with RLH 71

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April 2012

Liverpool docks

After re-patriation to the UK along with RLH 53 and RLH 71

Photo © M. Weeks

3rd December 2011: Still awaiting export from the USA to the UK.

September 2011: Sold to a new owner in the UK.

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January 2010

RLH 53, RLH 69 (centre) and RLH 71

Oregon, USA

Photo by S. McFadden

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4th July 2007

Ashland, USA

Taking part in the parade for Independence Day, after repainting with a white roof and fitting with side advert for urbanMinx.com

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April 2007

Gold Hill, Oregon, USA

Under restoration

Photo by M. Walton

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March 2007

Sold, along with RLH 69 and RLH 71. Shown about to leave for Oregon.

Photo by M. Walton

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May 2005

Same location as below (with RLH 53 and RLH 71)

Photo ©, and used with permission of, Bob Martin

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October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA

(with RLH 53 and RLH 71)

Photo © David Humphrey

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October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA

Photo © David Humphrey

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October 2001

Murrieta, California, USA

Lower saloon interior view. These 3 RLHs retained their original paper interior advertisements and were, in general, perhaps the least modified RLHs in the USA at the time.

Photo © David Humphrey

New!  July 2001:  North County Times newspaper article about RLH 53, RLH 69 and RLH 71 in Murrieta (link last updated 2018-03-18)

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November 1998

Murrieta, California, USA

With RLH 53 and RLH 71

Photo © E. Pring

November 1993: sold at auction to a gentleman who wished to use them on a proposed tour of the Murrieta Temecula valley. The tour did not go ahead and the buses remained in a back yard for nearly 15 years (see above photos).

January 1972: Exported (perhaps with the non-authentic route 11 blinds in the apertures) to a museum 'the Hill Country Wagons to Wings Collection', Morgan Hill, California, USA along with RLH 53 and RLH 71 (for the next 40 years, those three buses stayed together).

17th April 1971: Withdrawn from London Transport

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16th April 1971, 16:37 hours

Turning from Rothbury Road into Hepscott Road, Hackney Wick

Working on the last day of RLH service on route 178

Photo © D. Pring

September 1970: Switched back to Dalston garage

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August 1970

Upminster Station stand

Working on route 248

Photo © R. Newport

March 1965: the bus served from Hornchurch garage

RLH 69 was always a Central area red bus, and during its LT career of nearly 20 years, served at all 4 of the Central area garages which operated RLHs.

Early history: According to the official LT record, it was allocated new to Merton on the 10.12.52. It was first overhauled between 30.8.56 and 19.10.56. It was re-allocated to Harrow Weald from 20.8.58, and overhauled again from 21.9.60 to 8.11.60. Another change of garage on 21.7.61 took it to Dalston. The final overhaul began in January 1965.

1952: RLH 69 was built, painted in red for use in the London Transport central area.

UK registration number: MXX 269. For other identifying numbers (chassis, body etc) please see this table.

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